As Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma exits the African Union Commission Chairperson role, a new leader has been appointed to fill in her shoes.
The candidates were representatives of Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, and French West Africa. They included Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed, Chad’s Moussa Faki, Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily, currently the UN’s special representative for Central Africa, Agapito Mba Mokuy from Equatorial Guinea, and Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi from Botswana.
During the last round of voting at the African Union summit on Monday, Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat edged out Kenya’s Amina Mohammed to be the new African Union Commission chairperson
During the summit, the Union talked about the ICC, Morocco’s aspiration to return to the African Union, among other issues.
As usual, the decision was made behind the scenes, where Moussa Faki had reportedly earned about 39 votes in the final round.
Prior to his new role, Moussa Faki served as the foreign Minister of Chad since 2008. At a point in his career, he was the Prime Minister of Chad.
Faki’s appointment comes six months after the AU leaders failed to appoint a nominee to succeed Dlamini-Zuma. Agapito Mba Moku and Pelonomi VensonMoitoi were rejected by African leaders in July during the summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The two were unable to garner the two-thirds majority in the secret ballot.
This had resulted in the extension of Dlamini-Zuma’s role as the AU chief for the next six months. She had also refused to extend her stay for another four-year term as the African Union commission chairperson.
However, this will not be the last political role for Dr Dlamini-Zuma as word from her home country is that she is likely to succeed her ex-husband, Jacob Zuma as the president of South Africa.